Scientific & Applied Sessions

IFT15's scientific and applied sessions – our most comprehensive education offering – attract food professionals for three intensive days of knowledge sharing. Join scientific experts from around the globe as they share their insights, experience, and ideas. 
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What sets IFT’s education apart?
IFT15 sessions are developed by scientific experts to reflect the latest thinking in both the science of food and its applications, ensuring that our scientific content is second to none.

Almost 100 sessions and 1,000+ technical research presentations are divided into focus areas to make it easy for you to build your custom learning experience. Check out our Session Planner to find sessions most relevant to your job role, or search by specific content areas, commodities, experience level, and more.

Be sure to select “Total Access” when you register to take advantage of all the education IFT15 has to offer! Certified Food Scientists (CFS) can earn credits toward recertification by attending IFT's scientific and technical sessions.
Explore the sessions. 


Topical tracks help make it easier for you to find the sessions most relevant to your interests. Tracks include:

  • Food, Health & Nutrition (sponsored by BASF Nutrition & Health)
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Engineering
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Processing & Packaging
  • Food Safety & Defense
  • Product Development & Ingredient Innovations
  • Professional Development
  • Public Policy, Food Laws & Regulations
  • Sensory Science (sponsored by Compusense, Inc.)
  • Sustainability (sponsored by DSM)
  • Teaching & Learning